Poster for the movie "The Words"

The Words (2012)

PG-13 96 min - Drama, Thriller - 7 September 2012

The Words follows young writer Rory Jansen who finally achieves long sought after literary success after publishing the next great American novel. There's only one catch - he didn't write it. As the past comes back to haunt him and his literary star continues to rise, Jansen is forced to confront the steep price that must be paid for stealing another man's work, and for placing ambition and success above life's most fundamental three words.

Storyline

The Words follows young writer Rory Jansen who finally achieves long sought after literary success after publishing the next great American novel. There's only one catch - he didn't write it. As the past comes back to haunt him and his literary star continues to rise, Jansen is forced to confront the steep price that must be paid for stealing another man's work, and for placing ambition and success above life's most fundamental three words.



Tagline: There's more than one way to take a life.

Genres: Drama, Thriller

Details

Official Website:  http://www.thewordsmovie.com/
Language:  English, French
Release Date:  7 September 2012

Box Office

Budget:  $6,000,000
Revenue:  $13,231,461

Company Credits

Production Companies:  CBS Films, Also Known As Pictures

Technical Specs

Runtime:  1 h 36 min

by Ginger

Money and power precede the fall of man. Rory Jansen wanted to be a successful writer perhaps more than anything else in the world. He has a passion to become the next great literary voice, placing himself among the ranks of the literary greats of all time. Writing is his passion and everything he lives for. Rory is a struggling writer. His father has to pay the bills for him and his girlfriend tells them they have no money for the bills. He is in a financially desperate situation. That is, until he discovers a lost manuscript in an old attaché case. When he reads the manuscript he knows that he has exactly the story that he is looking for and one that will rank among the great literary classics. What he does next is unthinkable in the literary world. This parental guide to the movies considers this drama, The Words, to be a classic itself.

Desperate for money and unable to achieve his dreams, Rory recognizes the manuscript as the one he wishes that he had written himself. He knows that this manuscript would settle all of his financial hardships and give him the fame as a writer that he had always dreamed of. What he does next is shocking to any writer of merit. Rory decides to pass the work off as his own. From then on, it becomes complicated. Rory does achieve the wealth and fame that he had dreamed of, but it came at much higher costs than he had anticipated.

Eventually, someone discovers the secret and he must admit to his closest friends and family what he has done. His reputation as a writer goes downhill fast, as do the relationships with those around him. He almost loses everything in his life that matters, simply because he could not resist temptation that comes with wealth and fame. His world falls apart little by little each moment, as he struggles to stop the downward spiral and get his life back on track.

This family movie review thinks that this movie, The Words, was intended for an adult audience. The Words only has a few incidents of brief language and smoking. The language was used to accent the action in the plot and add to the intensity of the scene. For those that are junior high age and above this movie would be an excellent material on the topic of plagiarism. The main character makes a terrible mistake and pays a terrible price for it. The Words movie highlights the seriousness of stealing someone else’s words and calling them your own.

The Words drives home the point about why a bibliography and referencing is so important in their own work. This family movie guide feels that The Words movie is an excellent movie for young and older teens. The Words teaches a valuable moral lesson about honesty and integrity. However, the younger children in the family may be bored because this is a topic that they will not be concerned about for several years. The Words should be an excellent family movie for teens and an excellent talking point with your teenager.

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